Folklore has been assuring us that playing outside, in the cold, without a coat will surely be the end of us! Despite what you’ve been told, cold weather is not the origin of the common cold. A common cold is usually harmless, although it may not feel that way at the time. Common colds are caused by a virus, more than 100 viruses are known to date. That said, most colds are caught in the fall or winter.  Reason being that most cold viruses thrive better in cooler temperatures.

We are well acquainted with cold symptoms; head congestion, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, headache, sneezing, watery eyes, mild fatigue, low-grade fever. However, did you know that symptoms hit you 1-3 days after the virus enters your body? Those nasty viruses normally clear up in 7 – 10 days.

Due to their undeveloped immune system, small children are more susceptible to the viruses. Many spend their days in group settings playing with other children, none of which are careful to wash their hands often, so the day is spent sharing germs and viruses with their friends.

There is no cure for the common cold. Some of the more common home remedies, include taking vitamin C, drinking liquids such as water or orange juice, even chicken soup. Over the counter cold treatments may also work. While these can and often do make us feel better, if only temporarily, your cold may be of a strain that just will not go away. When that happens, you should come into QuestCare Urgent Care for a more professional diagnosis and treatment.  Our physicians can help you find which one(s) would be best for you.

On occasion, a cold can lead to a more serious illness, such as bronchitis, middle ear infection or a sinus infection. There are other issues that start out with the same signs as the common cold. Pneumonia, Influenza (the flu) and allergies are three problems typically mistaken for a cold.

Cold symptoms that last longer than average could be a sign of something more serious, especially in older or frail people.

Contact QuestCare Urgent Care

Are you experiencing a cold that won’t go away and need to see a doctor in Highland Park today? QuestCare Urgent Care has physicians standing by ready to treat your cold. Call ahead at (214) 368-4822 or check in online.